Then just a couple of hours before Saturday night's game against the A's, the Royals called up infielder Orlando Calixte from Triple-A Omaha as protection for the injured Escobar, who thought he might be able to start Saturday even though he suffered a bruise and a knee sprain because of Lawrie's hard slide Friday. Christian Colon got the start at shortstop Saturday.
"[Escobar] tested it and it's feeling good," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "But we just don't need to take any chances this early in the season. So we have [Calixte] as protection."
Meanwhile, Holland will be shut down for about a week to start the healing process.
"He's a fast healer," Yost noted.
Holland started experiencing some slight pain issues in the muscle last weekend in Anaheim. He originally thought he could pitch through it. But after Friday night's save against the A's, Holland said he knew something was wrong.
"It just didn't feel good," he said. "To be able to help us, I need to be able to pitch in back-to-back days.